In this brief blog post, I want to direct you to an interesting article by Kelly of the “Filling My Map” blog. The post it titled, “11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us That Less is More.”
Kelly is a teacher who spent several months in Finland and has written about her experiences. This particular article is comparing the education system of the USA and Finland. The two countries have very different styles in preparing young people (primary and secondary schools) for their future.
Whether you’re currently a teacher or administrator, or if you are planning for an academic career that will involve teaching, you are bound to find this article interesting.
As I was reading Kelly’s article, I felt like I would be even more frustrated about our teaching system in the US if I was a parent of children in the system. Rather than editorialize here in my post, I would rather you read the article and come back here to add a comment on what you thought about the comparison of the two systems.
Concerns of Teachers
Several of my family members and friends are teachers in elementary schools here in the US, so I often hear of their concerns about our current system and the length of “learning” hours we impose on youngsters. Our system also does not allow for much if any prep time for teachers during their work day.
When I was in graduate school at Purdue University studying educational technology (the program is now called Learning Design and Technology), I attended class alongside teachers who spoke of the pressure in their own schools to “teach for the test,” and how our states in the US don’t allow a teacher much flexibility in what or how they teach.
I just thought this article might spur your thinking and get some ideas flowing for your approach to teaching and learning. See what you think: http://fillingmymap.com/2015/04/15/11-ways-finlands-education-system-shows-us-that-less-is-more/
Come on back and add a comment to this post. I’m really curious about your thoughts.